Short-printed photo variations offer extra muscle in 2017 Topps WWE

A new inclusion found in all types of 2017 Topps WWE packs is something that we’ve been accustomed to in other sports but is new for wrestling collectors.

Photo variations.

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Buzz Break: 2017 Topps WWE wrestling cards (hobby box)


From time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and break down the results here. Like this and want to see more — or maybe there’s a box you’d want to see busted? Send Buzz an email at BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com.

The box: 2017 Topps WWE wrestling cards (hobby box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 24
Cards per pack: 7
Cards in this box: 168
Base set completion: 
100 of 100 (100 percent)
Duplicates: 22

Notable names pulled on base cards: The Rock, Bayley, Brock Lesnar, Enzo Amore, Finn Balor, Goldberg, Mick Foley, Paige, Triple H, Alexa Bliss, Carmella, John Cena, Maryse, Randy Orton, Undertaker, Asuka, Bobby Roode, Ember Moon, Liv Morgan, Shinsuke Nakamura, Ric Flair, Beth Phoenix, Eric Bischoff, Ivory, Kelly Kelly, Torrie Wilson

Rookie Cards: Princess Victoria (no logo), Judy Martin (no logo), Samoa Joe, Mojo Rawley, Jason Jordan, Chad Gable, Carmella, Alexa Bliss, TJ Perkins, Nia Jax, Finn Balor, Corey Graves,  Bayley and nearly all referee cards (no logo) and some announcers. Note: In addition, since they are base cards in this release any “First NXT Cards” — and there are many — also would technically be RCs though those individuals would get RC logo cards if they make main rosters.

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What’s inside the fourth WWE Slam Crate? Find out right here …

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The “Masters of the Mic” are a big part of the show this time — and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin steals it.

When Pasadena, Calif.-based Loot Crate recently announced its wrestling version of a mystery box — the WWE Slam Crate — this fan decided to sign up and see what was to come.

The first crate arrived last year, the second arrived in December and the third one was fun, too, but this newest crate arriving now gives us a glimpse of what’s to come with arguably more simple pieces that collectors might appreciate.

What was inside this one? Keep reading …

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Funko gets in ring with WWE for new wave of Pop! toys coming soon

The “cheap pop” is coming to Funko. 

In wrestling terms a “cheap pop” is something made famous by Mick Foley — a mention of the hometown crowd to get a cheap reaction during a moment with a microphone — but in this case he’s among the new wave of WWE Pop! toys.

These popular — and, yes, affordable — toys will be hitting stores later this month.

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First Buzz: 2017 Topps Heritage WWE wrestling cards

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What: 2017 Topps Heritage WWE wrestling cards
Arrives: Aug. 2
Box basics: Two hits (one autograph guaranteed) in every 24-pack hobby box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: The Heritage WWE brand utilizes the 1987 Topps baseball design as it looks at today’s stars in its popular throwback style.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Gallery: 2017 Topps WWE Road to WrestleMania autographs

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The newest WWE set of the year is here — and its one that is a dramatic improvement on its past editions in both its base set design and especially its autographs.

It’s 2017 Topps Road to WrestleMania and it arrived this week.

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First Buzz: 2017 Topps WWE wrestling cards

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What: 2017 Topps WWE wrestling cards
Arrives: May 3
Box basics: Two hits in every 24-pack hobby box (eight boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: The Topps flagship WWE brand uses the same design as its MLB counterpart with the stars of the ring getting the spotlight here.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Topps Now cards coming for WWE fans after SummerSlam on Sunday (plus ongoing gallery here)

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The action of World Wrestling Entertainment is coming to Topps Now with five match-specific cards for this weekend’s SummerSlam pay-per-view.

The launch of 2016 Topps Now WWE will begin with a final 24-hour window beginning on Monday for the cards, which will be made to order. For the launch, Topps has started with a pre-sale (no images) window beginning today.

“WWE is the perfect fit to incorporate into the TOPPS Now program immediately,” said Jeff Heckman, Topps’ Director of New Product Development and eCommerce Marketplace. “The WWE Universe can now have their favorite moments captured with Topps Now WWE for a collectable to treasure forever.”

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Buzz Break: 2016 Topps Heritage WWE wrestling cards (blaster box)

16tpheritageWRFrom time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and break down the results here. Like this and want to see more — or maybe there’s a box you’d want to see busted? Send Buzz an email at BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com.

The box: 2016 Topps Heritage WWE wrestling cards (blaster box)
ARTWWELE-POS-16WWEH-1106-SWhere to buy:
 BlowoutCards.com (for hobby)

Packs per box: 8 (seven standard and one hit/Lesnar pack)
Cards per pack: 9
Cards in this box: 65
Base set completion: 
41 of 110 (37 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable names pulled on base cards – “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Trish Stratus, Bret “Hit Man” Hart, Kevin Owens, The Rock, Undertaker, Bruno Sammartini, Finn Balor, Bayley, Bray Wyatt

Rookie Cards (3) – Colin Cassidy, A.J. Styles, Enzo Amore

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Need a 2016 Topps Heritage WWE checklist? Get it here …

2016-topps-heritage-WWE-CenaThe arrival of 2016 Topps Heritage WWE cards is just a week away and the throwback to 1986 is one that will include a few surprises and plenty of energy when it arrives spotlighting the stars of the squared circle.

How many stars? Well that answer comes with the arrival of the checklist, which Topps released on Thursday night.

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WWE 2K17 NXT Edition video game includes autographs, Topps Relics

WWE2K17-deluxeFans of NXT will have a collecting challenge on their hands as the new deluxe edition of a WWE video game will include one of 14 different Topps Relic cards — each with 10 versions — inserted as a bonus when purchasing the deluxe version of the game.

The game is WWE2K17 and its NXT Edition is now available for pre-order via WWEShop.com — and the Topps card is far from the only bonus.

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Buzz Break: 2016 Topps WWE wrestling (hobby box)

2016tpWRhobbyFrom time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and break down the results here. Like this and want to see more — or maybe there’s a box you’d want to see busted? Send Buzz an email at BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com.

2016-Topps-WWE--37The box: 2016 Topps WWE wrestling cards (hobby box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 24
Cards per pack: 7
Cards in this box: 168
Base set completion: 
99 of 100 (99 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable names pulled on base cards: Andre The Giant, Roddy Piper, Dusty Rhodes, Ric Flair, Trish Stratus, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Lita, Edge, Randy Savage, Elizabeth, Paige, Charlotte, Sasha Banks, Tyler Breeze (RC), Becky Lynch (RC), Mandy Rose (RC)

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Buzz Break: 2016 Topps WWE wrestling (blaster box)

2016-topps-wwe-blasterFrom time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and break down the results here. Like this and want to see more — or maybe there’s a box you’d want to see busted? Send Buzz an email at BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com.

The box: 2016 Topps WWE wrestling cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for hobby)

Packs per box: 11 (10 standard packs plus one Relic/Brock Lesnar/Redbox code pack at Walmart)
Cards per pack: 7
Cards in this box: 72
Base set completion: 
43 of 100 (43 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable names pulled on base cards: Shawn Michaels, Lita, Edge, Randy Savage, Elizabeth, Paige, Mandy Rose (RC)

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Buzz Break: 2015 Topps WWE Heritage cards (blaster case)

wwe-wrestling-2015-wwe-heritage-trading-card-blaster-box-topps-2From time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and post the results here. Like this and want to see more? Or maybe there’s a box you’d want to see busted? Send Buzz an email at BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com.

s-l1600-3The case: 2015 Topps WWE Heritage cards (blaster boxes)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Boxes per case: 16
Packs per box:
 7 (plus one-card bonus Relic pack)
Cards per pack: 9
Cards per box: 64
Base set completion: 
110 of 110 (100 percent)
Duplicates: plenty of extras — see next category

Notable stats about this break – Received between four and six copies of every card in the 110-card base set and completed each of the insert sets at least once, excluding parallels. (Did not receive any parallels rarer than the one-per-box Black versions.) Created just one of the 10-card nWo sets, but the case yielded three of the 2K16 sets, three Rookie of the Year, two Then & Now (one card short of a third) and four NXT Called Up insert sets.

Keep reading to see the full breakdown … and the hits.

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Making the Grade IV: Joe Namath, Ichiro, WWE stars & legendary ink

Buzz-Grading-Diary-NamathLike many collectors, Buzz is a fan of grading and knows that there are many reasons that collectors choose to slab cards. Sometimes it’s to enhance the appeal and protect them when selling. Other times it’s to protect an investment for the long-term or to protect for sentimental reasons. Or, it might be just for fun or curiosity about a potential grade.

Here’s the fourth Grading Diary here on The Buzz …

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Making the Grade III: Ichiro Suzuki, a Dream Team classic, Albert Pujols’ debut & two WrestleMania stars

2006-Topps-Allen-Ginter-Ichiro-Suzuki-EXT-miniLike many collectors, Buzz is a fan of grading and knows that there are many reasons that collectors choose to slab cards. Sometimes it’s to enhance the appeal and protect them when selling. Other times it’s to protect an investment for the long-term or to protect for sentimental reasons. Or, it might be just for fun or curiosity about a potential grade.

Here’s the third Grading Diary here on The Buzz …

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (March 20)

101sheetThe Blowout Cards Forums are where thousands of collectors converge daily to discuss, well, a little bit of everything. Here are five threads about collecting and more that you should check out right now.

What’s Buzzing Today: Michael Jordan Star basketball cards, collecting Finn Balor before WWE, Connor McDavid, 2016 Topps Heritage and plenty of Select gold.

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Buzz Break: 2015 Topps WWE Heritage wrestling (blaster box)

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From time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and break down the results here. Like this and want to see more — or maybe there’s a box you’d want to see busted? Send Buzz an email at BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com.

s-l1600-3The box: 2015 Topps WWE Heritage wrestling cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for hobby)

Packs per box: 8 (seven standard packs plus one Relic/Sting/Vudu code pack in boxes at Walmart)
Cards per pack: 9
Cards in this box: 66
Base set completion: 
38 of 110 (35 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable names pulled on base cards: The Four Horsemen, Trish Stratus, Finn Balor, The Rock, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, Kevin Owens, Undertaker, John Cena

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A.J. Styles in WWE? It can’t hurt his autographed card values …

AJStyles2004A.J. Styles is reportedly set to make his WWE debut sometime in the next week with the annual Royal Rumble pay-per-view set for Sunday in Orlando and the Raw and Smackdown tapings also in Florida next week.

That’s good news for wrestling card collectors since he’s a relatively plentiful autograph, a potential popular name for the story lines heading into the biggest time of the year with WrestleMania coming soon, and he’s also a bargain auto to pick up at the moment.

How much of a bargain?

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WWEShop autographs offer big bargains at smaller prices

WWE-ReignsOne advantage that World Wrestling Entertainment has with its merchandise is that autograph signings with the talent don’t typically involve a middle-man or an agent — it’s part of the deal and the wrestlers get compensated for their signings.

As in a cut of their merchandise sales.

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WWE succumbs to one ugly trend — and we’re pretty sure Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman would approve

UglySweater-BrockLesnar-PaulHeyman-SuplexCity-wweWorld Wrestling Entertainment has been known for some controversial moments in television history that included intense matches, risqué segments, countless “Stone Cold” Steve Austin middle fingers, exploding limos, Katie Vick and plenty more.

But this? This is just ugly.

WWE launched a line of ugly sweater-inspired sweatshirts on Friday, giving those gatherings a new twist on the trend of hideous holiday attire — a twist with some muscle and some attitude.

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Checklist for 2015 Topps WWE Undisputed is a heavyweight

2015ToppsUndisputedWWETopps released the final checklist for the first high-end WWE card set ever on Monday morning and 2015 Topps WWE Undisputed is a heavyweight with a lineup of Fistographs, cut autographs, auto booklets and a mix of past and present WWE greats.

Among the signers? Brock Lesnar, “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels, Bret “Hit Man” Hart, Bruno Sammartino, Bray Wyatt, The Iron Sheik, Edge, John Cena, Lita, Trish Stratus, “The Million-Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase, Paul Heyman, Kevin Owens, Finn Balor, Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks.

Oh, and also signing for the autograph-in-every-pack line? Pete Rose and Lawrence Taylor, who have appeared at past WrestleManias.

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eBay Buzz: New Topps WWE Heritage autographs showing who’s boss among wrestling newcomers

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The newest Topps WWE cards arrived on Friday with a crop of new signers and some surprises in 2015 Topps Heritage that we’ve already covered here on The Buzz

But now the real potential surprises can be seen.

You know, seeing those first-time autographs on the secondary market for the first time — the kinds of moments that generate can just as much excitement for collectors as WrestleMania but without ringside seats (or any Michael Cole commentary).

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Is nWo making WWE comeback? They’re in latest Topps set + Finn Balor & Sasha Banks’ auto debuts

NWOnashautoTopps released the final checklist for 2015 Topps Heritage WWE on Wednesday and there’s one inclusion that might be buzz-worthy on the morning that fans around the world started buying WrestleMania tickets for next April in Dallas.

It’s the nWo — the anti-establishment faction that changed the wrestling world in the 1990s when good guy Hulk Hogan shed his yellow and red in favor of black and bad-guy “Hollywood” status. Could they be back at ‘Mania? It’s a compelling thought considering the checklist includes an autograph set focusing solely on the group.

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